2011 ORS § 194.031¹
Notarial seal
  • exception for notarization of certain plats
  • filing of sample imprint
  • replacement seal
  • rules

(1) The official seal of a notary public shall be a stamp made of rubber or some other substance capable of making a legible imprint on paper in black ink. The imprint must legibly reproduce under photographic methods.

(2) The Secretary of State shall adopt rules prescribing the size and form of the imprint of the official seal to promote uniformity, legibility and permanency.

(3) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, the attempt to notarize an instrument required to be notarized shall be of no effect unless it bears an imprint of the official seal of the notary who performed the notarization made in the manner required under subsections (1) and (2) of this section.

(4) The imprint of the official seal of a notary public shall not be required to effectuate a notarization of a subdivision or partition plat required under ORS 92.010 (Definitions for ORS 92.010 to 92.192) to 92.192 (Property line adjustment) or a condominium plat required under ORS 100.115 (Recording declaration and plat), or any replat, supplement or amendment thereto, if the following appear below the notarys signature:

(a) The printed name of the notary public;

(b) The words NOTARY PUBLIC - OREGON;

(c) The words COMMISSION NO. immediately followed by the notary publics commission number; and

(d) The words MY COMMISSION EXPIRES immediately followed by the date the notary publics commission expires, expressed in terms of the month, by name not abbreviated, two-digit date and complete year.

(5) Upon delivery of an official seal to a notary public, the notary public shall cause an imprint of the official seal to be filed in the office of the Secretary of State, together with any other information that is by rule required. The filing shall be done in the manner and within the time prescribed by rule.

(6) Any notary whose official seal is lost, misplaced, destroyed, broken, damaged or that is otherwise unworkable shall immediately mail or deliver written notice of that fact to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State shall issue a Certificate of Authorization which the notary public may use to obtain a replacement seal.

(7) A seal embosser may be used as an adjunct to the official seal. The use of the seal embosser shall be in compliance with any rules adopted by the Secretary of State. [1967 c.541 §6 (enacted in lieu of 194.030); 1983 c.393 §17; 1989 c.976 §10; 2001 c.63 §1]